December 2008 log

I realized I hadn’t updated librarything since August. oops. I keep staring at Tsubasa 19, but have not yet bought it; I would have stopped long ago if I hadn’t been interested in the parts that relate to xxxHOLiC. I still have a distinct feeling I bought The Yiddish Policeman’s Union used in hardback from somewhere (the library, probably), but can’t find it; the used book store has it in hardback and paperback, but I don’t want to buy it if I already have a copy.

One one hand, I need to start keeping better track of things; on the other hand, I no longer have regular internet access and so might be abandoning this for a while (not that I’m really updating).

Read

War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (own) — reread, started in November, finally finished; the setting is very obviously the 80s (music and clothing descriptions). I didn’t enjoy this as much as I did the first time and was close to forcing myself to read it.
The Patriotic Murders, Agatha Christie (library) — a Hercule Poirot mystery, and one I don’t think I’ve read before; if the copyright hadn’t been 1940 (and probably set some time before then as there was no war in the background), I would have assumed it was set in the sixties sometime
Blood and Iron, Elizabeth Bear (library) — enjoyed but don’t have much to say about it; will read the next soon (the library has had it for a while, but only recently acquired Blood and Iron)
Angel Diary v7, Kara and Lee YunHee (own)
Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room), Ysabeau S. Wilce (library) — and I enjoyed it much more than the first; it had less of her friend and it answered most of the questions raised in the first while leaving enough threads for later adventures. They seem to be one volume in two parts.
Anathem, Neal Stephenson (library) — it was a surprisingly fast read, though my eyes tended to glaze over at the philosophical dialogs and I know I missed things because of that; I might try to read it again another time. I think it’s the first of his I’ve finished since The Diamond Age (stalled out in Cryptonomicon more than once and never started the Baroque Cycle because I wanted to read Cryptonomicon first).

Acquired

God Stalk, P.C. Hodgell (used)
Learn Japanese, New College Text, Volume 1, John Young and Kimiko Nakajima-Okana — because it was there and cheap
Labyrinth, Kate Mosse (used) — I’d been vaguely interested in it and it was there
all three were $1 each at the library

Saturn’s Children, Charles Stross (library) — and she gave me a really weird look on checkout (and I knew there was a reason I wanted it from the branch with self-checkouts, but I ended up going to the desk anyway because I wanted to pay my fine)
Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room), Ysabeau S. Wilce (library) — checked out with Saturn’s Children, which probably didn’t help. At least the about the author mentions that it’s a sequel; I was happy to see the paperback of Flora Segunda had a big “1” on the spine.
The Patriotic Murders, Agatha Christie (library)
Cockatiels at Seven, Donna Andrews (library) — because I was looking for her new book (forgot the name) and just noticed the 2008 in the catalog and didn’t bother looking at the description; read already and didn’t like as much as some of the others
Anathem, Neal Stephenson (library) — again

also, renewed Elizabeth Bear’s Blood and Iron and promptly misplaced it (but later found and read it)

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